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Lennie’s sister climbs bridge

 

THE family of the late Lennie Gwyther, the boy who rode a horse from Leongatha to the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932, climbed the bridge recently in honour of Lennie’s achievement and his sister’s 90th birthday.

The group of climbers included Lennie’s sister Beryl Ferrier of the Gold Coast, Lennie’s niece Julie Campbell of Mardan and her daughters Chelsea, Naomi and Moriah Campbell.

“It was fantastic,” Julie Campbell said.

“It was a big reunion of family.

“There were 28 of us.”

Julie said staff at the Sydney Harbour Bridge made the group feel special.

“The bridge climb people really made a big thing of it,” she said.

“It was a really big celebration. They gave a talk and said they appreciated having us as a family there together.

“We were given extra free photos and they presented Auntie Beryl with a huge photo.”

Julie said from now on, bridge climb staff will routinely tell climbers the story of Lennie Gwyther’s long journey on horseback.

Lennie was only nine years old when he rode his horse Ginger Mick to Sydney and back by himself so he could see the opening of the bridge.

The family organised the bridge climb to celebrate Ms Ferrier’s 90th birthday.

Julie said Ms Ferrier completed the climb without any problems.

“She was amazing,” Julie said.

“They said they’ve had other 90 year olds do it but none as fit as Beryl.

“We went out for tea to a Chinese restaurant that night for a lovely meal, about 40 of us, and celebrated more for her birthday.”

It was also the birthday of Beryl’s late brother Toby, who lived at Gwyther Siding Road at Leongatha.

South Gippsland Shire Councillor Bob Newton wants to erect a statue of Lennie and Ginger Mick in Leongatha.

Julie Campbell said a filmmaking team is planning to make a film about Lennie’s journey.

“There’s been a script written,” she said.

“I think it’s the sort of story – for a nine year old to ride Ginger Mick all the way to Sydney and back for the opening of the bridge – there’s just got to be a film made about it.”

Gwyther family reunites: Lennie Gwyther’s sister Beryl Ferrier of the Gold Coast, front, with Lennie’s descendants Chelsea, Julie, Naomi and Moriah Campbell of Mardan during the family’s Sydney Harbour Bridge climb.

Gwyther family reunites: Lennie Gwyther’s sister Beryl Ferrier of the Gold Coast, front, with Lennie’s descendants Chelsea, Julie, Naomi and Moriah Campbell of Mardan during the family’s Sydney Harbour Bridge climb.

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